Action sports filmmaking might seem like the ultimate dream job, but not every day in the field is as picturesque as it looks on Instagram. Like with any job, it has its own unique challenges like dealing with unpredictable weather, frostbitten toes and fingers, and emergency rescues. Despite the ups and downs, what really makes our trips successful is the top-notch crew of athletes, cinematographers, photographers, and partners like The North Face, Atomic, and Volkl, who all value safety in the mountains. In addition to filmmaking expertise, we make a point to prioritize mountain safety with everyone involved in a shoot. Each year we host the International Pro Rider Workshop (IPRW) at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to bring together some of the best minds in the industry to share and develop new mountain safety skills and techniques. Filmmaking in the mountains always brings a threshold of danger, however, it’s thanks to events like IPRW that keep our team equipped to respond appropriately and swiftly to emergencies like Nick McNutt's avalanche last winter.
Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. 2019 was a pretty brutal year for Völkl's Sam Smoothy. A ski crash in Austria nearly killed him early in the season, and another later in the year sent him back to the hospital and questioning his career as a professional skier. Luckily, 2020 turned into a rebate year with an opportunity to get back into the flow of things during one of Jackson’s deepest storm cycles ever. We're stoked to have Smoothy back in the mountains with us, pushing the
Coming from someone who lost half of her favorite pair of ski socks last night (Smartwool x Chris Bentchetler's, of course), I'm not really sure if there ever is a good time for matching socks. But there's definitely a time to break out of your every day routine and do or find or send something new. That's exactly what the Bunch was after with their new film. For them, it's easy to get into the routine of making ski films, so with this one they sought to break the mold, and boy did they.
Here at TGR, we're all about deep pow and big lines, but what does that mean for low tide years? For Newschoolers, it's chill parks laps to dial in their freestyle. Skier Jack Finn is taking full advantage of a low snow year in Colorado, and hitting the park like it's his job (it might be). With no shortage of rails, jumps, and even a lil' double rocket grab in there you can find all the park fixins here. In classic Newschoolers style, they've topped off this treat with a banger